Every season, farmers and residents of these villages face flood threat due to non-maintenance of these canals, he added.
"A total of 500 acres of agriculture lands are affected during crop season, as no water can flow into the canals.
Trichy: Farmers have urged the district administration to clean and desilt Kodingal and Vannankothu drainage canals as they are struggling to drain water from their lands due to overgrown vegetation and mudslides on the entire stretch.
These two canals usually carry the excess water flowing from Uyyakondan and Ramavathalai canal respectively during floods.As both the canals have been left unattended without any cleaning or desilting works for many years, the flood water flowing in the canals has been destroying the agricultural lands and residential areas in Kodiyalam, Pulivalam, Subburayampatti, Chinna Karuppur, Kuzhumani, Subbaiahpuram, Mekudi, Keezhpathu, Perur and Maruthandakuruchi.
They also demanded the state government to release water from Mayanur barrage so that the farmers can cater their cattle and it will also recharge groundwater table for drinking purpose.The two drainage canals, which originate from Uyyakondan River at Pulivalam, merge with river Cauvery after flowing across a number of villages along with Kudamurutti River.
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